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For Teens, Privacy Comes Before Health

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 23, 2010

A recent study indicates that for teenagers, healthcare privacy is essential. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have found that if teens do not believe their privacy is being respected, their care could be compromised, as they will be "cautious about revealing sensitive information to healthcare providers for fear of being judged and are reluctant to talk to unfamiliar or multiple medical staff," HealthDay reports. According to the study, keeping healthcare information private was the most important issue to teens, and they would not discuss sensitive health issues with providers if they felt they would be judged.
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